Linden crisis…Fire Service completes investigations into three fires as roads begin to open
The Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge was reopened yesterday thus enabling ranks from the Guyana Fire Service to return to three of the fire scenes at Wismar to carry out investigations.
This publication was told that ranks from Georgetown visited what is left of the One Mile Primary School building early yesterday morning where they were able to process the scene and concluded their probe, without any hindrance.
A source close to the investigation said it has been established that the fire was an act of arson. The ranks were also able to make it to the burnt out site of the Linden Salvation Council as well as the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church building at Silvertown, Wismar. Again it has been confirmed that those two buildings were deliberately set on fire. The same was found as ranks also visited the NAREI building.
Meanwhile Kaieteur News understands that given the fact that the mining town is now more easily accessible the ranks are expected to return to the community later today where they will visit the remaining burnt out locations over at Mackenzie.
Further, as most parts of the mining town remain calm dozens of persons were seen at each of the burnt out premises going through the debris removing anything of value that could be found. At the One Mile Primary School, persons were seen removing zinc sheets in heaps. Over at the Linmine Secretariat annex it was a similar situation. However the search for copper was of more prominence at the Linden Electricity Company Inc. Up to late yesterday evening persons were seen delving through the rubble, extracting bits and pieces of copper wire.
To date, a total of ten buildings have been completely gutted by fire in the mining community. As a result of the blockades, the Fire Service was unable to respond to any of the conflagrations. In one instance, when a fire tender responded it suffered a puncture and was forced to leave the area having reached relatively close to one of the burning structures. The Linden Fire Service has three tenders.